Donna Rossi

category: Visual,

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Artist Statement

"We universally seek those times for the quieting of self, the halting of the cycle for one moment to look inside and reflect upon what we want to express creatively to the physical world." - Donna Rossi I strive to express the spiritual nature of life by giving color and formation to emotional & spiritual connections that I feel from life's cycles of tranquility and turbulence. An important inspiration for me is the imagery I gather from the dreamstate. The dream world reflects our waking life and is a vital aspect of the human experience. I work extensively in gouache, oil pastel and acrylic on a variety of surfaces and each of my paintings expresses a particular moment from my inner self. Less earthbound and more metaphysical, my work allows viewers to look within and seek their own personal expression. My joy in creating art is to witness the quiet inner connection that a viewer may make while experiencing art of any kind. Something may ring familiar within them that only they can understand. That familiarity or recognition can perhaps bring about a desire to explore one's own inner life. "I dream my paintings, and then I paint my dreams." - Vincent Van Gogh

Educational Background

Education The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY Bachelor of Fine Arts 1983 Post Graduate Education Omega Institute of Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY 1991 Drawing the Light Within 1990 Painting from the Dream World 1989 Drawing From the Mind, Heart & Soul The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 1986 Artists in Residence Program Westchester Art Workshop, Elmsford, NY 1985 Contemporary Painting EXHIBITIONS 2010 Peekskill Open Studios June 5 & 6, Peekskill, NY 2010 Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, April - Cortlandt Manor, NY 2009 Interiors, A Group Exhibition of Artworks by Area Artists, Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY 2009 EntrĂ©e to Hope Celebration Show, 121 Restaurant Gallery, North Salem, NY 2008-present Open Studios & First Fridays in Peekskill, NY 2008 Small Works Group Show, Rogue Space Gallery in Chelsea, NYC 2002-2005 Various Group Shows at Gallerie Jjenth, Peekskill, NY 2003 Transparencies Show, Gallerie Jjenth, Peekskill, NY 2002 Reprise Show, Gallerie Jjenth, Peekskill, NY 2002 Open Studios 2002 Exhibit, Peekskill, NY 1996 Brush, Chisel & Lens Exhibition, Tarrytown, NY 1990-91 Works on Consignment, at the Gallery of Hervey Interiors, Armonk, NY 1991 Humanism in Contemporary Art, Giustino Gallery, Bronxville, NY 1990 Artists and Authors Week, Columbus Elementary School, Thornwood, NY (Demonstrations, Slide Show and Guest Speaker) 1988 Emerging Artists Show, Marcus Bloom Galleries, New Rochelle, NY 1986 Artists in Residence Show, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 1983 Two Woman Show, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY